is an international avant-garde artist, dedicated to contemporary music, exploiting the potential of all seven saxophones and of many electronic techniques as well. Prior to his 30 years dedicated to this work, he participated professionally in almost all genres of western music, playing instruments as diverse as bass guitar, double bass, viola da gamba, recorder, cornamuse, and crumhorn.
Despite his studies at the Paris conservatory, where he received the first prize in saxophone and chamber music, he has developed a special sense of innovation, leading to the most extensive research on new instrumental techniques ever done. Kientzy’s monumental anthology “Saxologie” defines a new and authentic kind of virtuosity, where producing the most possible notes per second remains indispensable but represents only a modest part of the musical problems. With this work he received his doctorate degree in Aesthetics, Sciences and Technology of the Arts at the University of Paris VIII.